Ecology and Ecosystems
M.S., M.P.S. & Ph.D.

The Ecology and Ecosystems area of study focuses on the structure, function, dynamics, and resilience of terrestrial ecosystems, at a range of scales, from tree genetics and plant physiology to landscape ecology, modeling and remote sensing. Because functioning and resilient ecosystems are central to human well-being, research opportunities in this area of study address a diversity of topics that help us better understand and enhance the sustainability of terrestrial ecosystems in a rapidly changing world.

Participating Faculty

  • Colin M. Beier;
    forest ecosystem and landscape ecology, social-ecological systems, climate change, ecosystem services, landscape change modeling, resilience, adaptive management, resource governance, applied geoinformatics
  • Eddie Bevilacqua;
    sampling/inventory, biometrics, forest mensuration, growth and yield modeling, applied statistics, GIS/spatial analysis, forest ecology, landscape ecology, ecological modeling, tree-ring science, quantitative silviculture
  • Russell D. Briggs;
    forest ecology, watershed ecology, soils, ecosystem services, watershed management, forest soils, silviculture
  • René Germain;
    forest health, policy, silviculture, forest management and operations, forest management for renewable energy, watershed management, sustainable forestry systems
  • Mariann T. Johnston;
    forest ecology, soils, biogeochemistry, forest health, silviculture
  • Charles A. Maynard;
    Research Areas of Interest plant tissue culture, genetic engineering a blight-resistant the American chestnut, conventional forest genetics & tree improvement, forest ecology, forest health, restoration ecology
  • Christopher A. Nowak;
    Vegetation Management, Silviculture and Forest Ecology, Production Ecology and Plant Ecophysiology, Invasive Exotic Plant Control, Biogeography and Cultural Landscapes, Sustainable Management and Certification Systems
  • Ralph D. Nyland;
    forest ecology, forest health, restoration ecology, silviculture, forest management and operations, quantitative silviculture, forest practice
  • John C. Stella;
    riparian and stream ecology, restoration ecology, watershed management, ecological modeling, tree-ring science, river restoration
  • Philippe G. Vidon;
    Stream Restoration, Ecological Engineering, Riparian Zone and Watershed Management, Water Quality, Riparian Zone/Watershed Biogeochemistry and Hydrology, Best Management Practices, Surface and Subsurface Hydrology, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Mercury, Carbon Cycling, Greenhouse Gases (N2O, CO2, CH4).
  • Timothy A. Volk;
    silviculture, forest management for renewable energy, biomass and bioenergy, energy, agroforestry, phytoremediation, management and sustainability of short rotation woody crops, life cycle analysis, ecophysiology, international forestry

For details on doctoral and masters programs, download the Graduate Student Handbook for The Department of Forest and Natural Resources Management. Hard copies are available from the FNRM office.

Contact Us

Diane Kuehn
Associate Professor
Graduate Education Coordinator - FNRM
310A Bray Hall, One Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210-2788
Phone: (315) 470-6561
Fax: (315) 470-6535

Current Students

Only currently registered students appear—new student names are added at the start of the academic year.

Timothy CallahanTimothy Callahan

Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Nowak
Undergraduate Institute: SUNY-ESF

Graduate Research Topic
Field testing the growth of tissue culture and seed-origin American chestnut plantlets

Matthew CowenMatthew Cowen

Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Briggs

Brigid FarrellBrigid Farrell

Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Beier

Nicolette FruehanNicolette Fruehan

Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Briggs

Ella GrayElla Gray

Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Bevilacqua

Maneesha JayasuriyaManeesha Jayasuriya

Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Germain
Undergraduate Institute: University of Kelaniya

Graduate Research Topic
Delineating ecological riparian buffers in working forests

Favorite Quote
"In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins-not through strength, but through persistence."-Buddha

Panmei JiangPanmei Jiang

EFB Plant Science & Biotechnology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Yanai

Daniel RockefellerDaniel Rockefeller

Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Beier


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